The Whistling Sands or Porth O’er WalkAberdaron, Llŷn Peninsula

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Leave the National Trust car park by the exit gap in the bottom right-hand corner, closest to the beach. Cross the lane and immediately opposite you will see a marked footpath. Follow it to the left down a long hawthorn lined path. You can just see the sea through the gap in the bushes ahead of you.

Nature note
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Continue through the first wooden kissing gate of the walk.To the right are rolling fields and pasture and to your left, you can just see the edge of the cliff that drops away to the beach at Whistling Sands below.

Birdwatchers take note
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Follow the path through a second wooden kissing gate. The beach below to the left gives way to the cliffs that rise up and continue over towards Porth y Wrach. Here you will spot a gully and at low tide you can just see the beach at Porth y Wrach beneath it.

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You pass through a metal kissing gate and continue on the path that rises above Porth y Wrach. Here you could continue for as long as you wanted, however, if you turn back on yourself you can make your way back to the second kissing gate. Here the path takes a right before the gate and heads down to the stunning white sandy beach at Porth O’er, or Whistling Sands.

Something to spot
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Walk the length of the beach and take the steps that cut up the cliff to the right of the patio outside the cafe. The path takes you around the headland on the cliffs.

Take care
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You cross a small bridge over the rocks and pools. The path the takes a left up a steep hill above the cafe.

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The path then narrows to become flanked by hawthorn bushes that form a tunnel.

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Rebecca Hookes
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A lovely, relatively short, scenic walk that’s suitable for all ages.

Route summary: It takes in wonderful views of the beach at Porth O’er, or Whistling Sands as it’s become known, and enables you to pick your spot on the beach from the coastal path that runs along the cliffs above it. The beach is great for families and is a great place to surf and swim. From March to October, there is no need to pack a picnic as the great little café on the sand that serves everything from ice creams to take out pizzas

This is a lovely walk for those looking for a break from a day lying on the sand or for those arriving at the beach for the first time and who would like to get their bearings. It’s also a great walk for spotting wildlife at any time of the year. Every season offers up something different yet equally spectacular.

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1. Start of your journey: Leave the National Trust car park by the exit gap in the bottom right-hand corner, closest to the beach. Cross the lane and immediately opposite you will see a marked footpath. Follow it to the left down a long hawthorn lined path. You can just see the sea through the gap in the bushes ahead of you.

2.  Continue through the first wooden kissing gate of the walk.To the right are rolling fields and pasture and to your left, you can just see the edge of the cliff that drops away to the beach at Whistling Sands below. 

3.  Follow the path through a second wooden kissing gate. The beach below to the left gives way to the cliffs that rise up and continue over towards Porth y Wrach. Here you will spot a gully and at low tide, you can just see the beach at Porth y Wrach beneath it.

4.  You pass through a metal kissing gate and continue on the path that rises above Porth y Wrach. Here you could continue for as long as you wanted, however, if you turn back on yourself you can make your way back to the second kissing gate. Here the path takes a right before the gate and heads down to the stunning white sandy beach at Porth O’er, or Whistling Sands.

5.  Walk the length of the beach and take the steps that cut up the cliff to the right of the patio outside the cafe. The path takes you around the headland on the cliffs.

6.  You cross a small bridge over the rocks and pools. The path the takes a left up a steep hill above the cafe.

7.  The path then narrows to become flanked by hawthorn bushes that form a tunnel.

8. End of your journey: Continue through the bushes to reach the car park where you began your walk.

ABERDARON Llyn Peninsula

Below you'll find all the information you'll need to help you along with this walk; where to park, whether or not there are loos and if it is dog friendly.

Parking & access
  • The National Trust car park at SH170293 - the postcode is LL53 8LH. There is some parking available on the roadside, however the spaces fill up quickly in the season.

  • £4 to non members / free to members of The National Trust

  • Take the B4413 from Pwllheli, turn right just after Pen y Groeslon signposted Porth Oer / Whistling Sands. Follow this road and turn left at the triangle and after about half a mile, turn right onto the lane that runs to the beach, signposted Porth O’er and you will see the car park at the top of the lane. The 300m lane down to the beach is tarmaced and the cafe is a good meeting point for all.

Loos
  • There are loos available in the National Trust car park at Porth O’er.

Dogs
  • There are restrictions in place on the beach between April and September, however you could avoid the beach and stick to the cliff path. Dogs are allowed on the patio of the cafe.
Places to eat
  • The Mickeys Boat Yard cafe on the beach is open from March to October and serves a great variety of food and drinks. It also stocks beach toys and basic provisions.

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